Description: This past week our federal government introduced its budget for the next fiscal year. There were some interesting initiatives, including a possible grant to first-time home-owners from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and some early steps towards a national pharmacare program. But what wasn’t there is also quite interesting: the government is planning a deficit for this year and the next several, in contrast an earlier promise to return to surpluses before this fall’s election.
Date: March 22, 2019
1) Have you discussed the federal budget in any of your classes?
2) What is your opinion about deficit financing?
3) Chapter 7 in Wiley’s Financial Accounting: Tools for Business Decision-Making talks about cash budgeting and planning major expenditures. What might be some of the challenges you would have if you were planning the cash budgets for the federal government?